Moriarty Performing Arts Center
The Moriarty Performing Arts Center is a professional quality performing arts facility for the high school’s music, dance and theatre programs, in addition to serving as an entertainment venue for Moriarty’s small rural community.
Serving to anchor a new campus entrance, the 600-seat Performing Arts Center was located per master plan to reduce impact on an adjacent residential area. Blending with its surroundings during the day, the building’s street-facing open lobby is a glowing beacon at night, visible for miles.
The architectural design plays off the palette of the campus using decorative concrete masonry-bearing walls. Inside the lobby, FBT designed an open structure utilizing inexpensive materials to maximize the budget and exposed the structural elements and building systems. A solar PV array on the auditorium’s south-facing roof ties into the campus grid for maximum energy performance and offsets the electrical demand of the project. Lobby sun-shading helps control radiation from the New Mexican sun throughout the year
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